A few months ago, there was a big uproar about a Christian baker who owned a bakery, but refused to make a cake for a gay couple and their wedding. The gay couple, instead of being loving, tolerant, and going to another bakery to find a cake, decided instead to sue this baker so they could have their own way. They wanted to have their cake and eat it too.
I have a friend who does not support homosexuality, but she said if it had been her, she would’ve made the cake, because to her, it’s just a cake. She said she doesn’t feel like she’s endorsing same-sex marriage simply by baking a cake.
Now this got me thinking. At first I agreed with the baker. I would have refused to bake a cake for the homosexual couple too. But, I was talking to one of my Christian co-workers about it, and although my co-worker is also against same-sex marriage, she asked me, “Would you have baked a cake for a Muslim couple, or an atheist couple? Where’s the line? Where do you draw the line?”
Wow. When it’s put in that light, it seems different. I hadn’t thought about it like that. My views changed a little bit.
Okay. If I was the owner of a bakery, although I am still against same-sex marriage, if a gay couple wanted me to make a cake for their wedding, I would do it. Because if I can do it for any other couple, be it Muslim or atheist, why not a gay couple? We’re supposed to show the love of Jesus to others. Jesus said if we offer even a cup of cold water to someone, we will not lose our reward.
But wait. The verse reads like this: “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” -Matthew 10:42 (NIV).
It says if we give a cup of cold water to one of the little ones who is His disciple. Muslims, atheists, and homosexuals aren’t disciples of Jesus Christ. We’re still supposed to show love to them, but is it saying we can refuse to offer them a service?
Personally, I don’t think so. Jesus sat and ate with Pharisees and sinners. Jesus wouldn’t turn anyone away. If Jesus was the owner of a bakery today, and a gay couple asked him to bake a cake, would He bake one? I like to think He would, just to extend His unconditional love for them. I mean, if you sell lots of cakes, and have a great personality, and people recommend you, your business is going to get popular. You can use that opportunity to share the love of God to all those customers you come into contact with.
Let’s go a little further. If you were a photographer, would you take pictures at a gay wedding? The Bible says not to make unto yourself any graven image, and to snap pictures of two men or two women kissing is a graven image in God’s eyes. Or what about a caterer. Would you cater a homosexual wedding? If you said no to that question, and no to the photographer question, then let me ask you, would you be okay with photographing a Muslim or atheist wedding? Catering a Muslim or atheist wedding?
If you were the owner of a Christian book store, and a gay couple came in and bought a wedding album, would you still sell it to them? Why or why not?
One of the local churches in our area knew of a lesbian couple that had a baby, and that church actually lifted up an offering to help support the lesbian couple with the baby. Now tell me, is that endorsing homosexuality, or showing the love of God by helping them out? (I will add that this church is the same denomination of church that I attend, but they’re a little more liberal, and do certain things that I don’t necessarily agree with).
I’m going to go in a bit of a different direction here. The Bible tells us to shine our light before men. “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.“
Two things here.
1. Let your good deeds shine. If you baked a cake for a gay wedding, took pictures for one, or catered one, would those be considered as “good deeds”? God knows your heart, and He knows you don’t endorse same-sex marriage. If you’re doing it to show the love of God to those you’re offering service to, then God knows that, and I believe He will reward you.
2. There are people in other parts of the world who are being persecuted for their faith. Most of them have to hide and have secret churches and secret meetings so they won’t get caught by the police.
Now just wait one minute.
We’re told we have to shine our light for all to see, and there are people who are hiding! Are they hiding their light? Why don’t they just have church out in the open? Yes, they might get caught, beaten, tortured, thrown into jail, and killed, but look at Daniel, from the Bible. He knew the law said to only pray to King Darius, but he still prayed right out in the open.
Now, if the Christian baker had baked a cake for the gay wedding, would the Christians have caused an uproar, saying, “Well, she must not be a true follower of Jesus then. She’s a false Christian. A real Christian wouldn’t support that abomination.” If she had tried to explain that she doesn’t endorse same-sex marriage, but that her business is open to everyone, would we believe her? Or would we tell our friends and family, “Don’t go to that bakery. The baker claims to be a Christian, but she made a cake for a gay wedding!” We would be no better than that gay couple who smeared that baker”s reputation and sued her.
Why are we okay with other Christians hiding their light, but are so willing to tear others down when we see what we think is wrong?
Well, let’s back up. First of all, those persecuted Christians are not hiding their light. Yes, they are in hiding, but in my opinion, hiding your light means throwing away your morals, being ashamed of Jesus, etc. If you’re out with a group of friends who aren’t Christians, and you go to a restaurant, but you’re too embarrassed to pray before you eat since no one else is, that’s hiding your light. If those persecuted Christians, get caught, they will not renounce Jesus or Christianity. They are not hiding their light. They won’t be embarrassed to say they love Him. They are willing to die for their faith.
Well, I have so much more on my mind, but this is quite long, so I’ll leave it for now. Fellow readers, I’d like very much to know what your stance is on these things. Would you offer services to a gay/Muslim/atheist couple? Why or why not? Where do you draw the line? What are your convictions?
Blessings to you all! Thanks for taking the time to read this!